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The 24 Days of Christmas – Days 23 & 24

December 24, 2009

Right, well if you haven’t bought your loved ones anything by now, chances are you never will. That being said, there’s still time, and this last gift is so amazing we had to dedicate the last two days to it.

Days 23-24: The Ariel Atom.

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Form following function, race bred design and truly uncompromised performance. This is the Atom. Minimal bodywork, moulded to the highest standards possible, consisting of separate composite panels reduces weight, minimises costs and allows easy access for adjustment of most settings. Developed in the wind tunnel to generate front and rear downforce, with special attention paid to underbody air flow, the bodywork provides stability and precise steering at all speeds.

With its wide track the Atom can accomodate 2 large adults in safety, comfortably solving the space problems usually found in vehicles of this class. The composite twin seat unit, deisgned to be set up for the driver, offers high lateral support and a comfortable driving position.

On the dash housed in a minimal console the compact racing instruments feature stepper motor driven needles with clear, white on black, easy to read faces, LCD readouts for secondary information and all legally required warning lights for road use. A remote, keyless immobiliser allows for an ignition on/kill switch and starter button, ergonomically grouped together with other controls around the steering wheel.

The suspension used in the Atom is unique on a road car and has been derived from current single seat race cars. The suspension is by double unequal length wishbones and inboard, pushrod operated dampers, front and rear. The system features outboard rod ends all round for total adjustability and inboard rubber/metal bushes for compliance and comfort. Coil over dampers front and rear extend the adjustability of the car allowing the Atom to be quickly set up for road or track use or to individual preferences.

The Atom has been designed to be used on the road or the track. Race derived features include adjustable front/rear bias brakes with the option of remote operation while driving, twin brake master cylinders, hydraulic clutch, one and a half turn competition steering rack, adjustable allow pedals and ram air system. It is this thought for detail and lack of compromise that makes the Atom so totally unique.

Even in the standard 1.8 form the Atom’s power to weight ratio exceeds that of a 911 Porsche. The Atom power is from the Rover K Series as used in the MGF and Lotus Elise. Proven in road and competition use the engine and gearbox combines reliability and tuning options with economic servicing and practial ownership. With the performance emphasis of the Atom geared towards acceleration and handling, the power to weight ratio even in standard form exceeds that of most sports cars. In tuned form, capable of giving up to up to 500 bhp/tonne, the Atom approaches the levels of pure racing cars.

Available from firebox.com.

And to play us out, for this final time… Merry Christmas everyone.

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 22

December 22, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #22 – Lomo Fisheye Camera

An iconic camera. So much has been written about its impact on photography, that to sum it up here would be an exercise in futility. Therefore, those interested can read all about the cheeky bulbous chappy here.

The model above is available from Gadgethub, although you can find various models all over the internet. I saw a rather fetching wooden-panelled one, but it was sold out. For shame.

To play us out, we have Xzibit with, you guessed it, Paparazzi. Lady Gaga can go catch a hot one.

Kristian

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 21

December 21, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #21 – Chivas Regal whiskey

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12 years of nurture go into this big beauty of a beverage. That may not sound like much by scotch standards; do not be fooled. I’m sure 4.5 litres later you’ll have your old man whimpering into your arm till the new year, heavily intoxicated and overly reminiscenct. This is the perfect gentleman’s gift, a gift to calm the nerves, warm the soul and hibernate indefinitely. The bottle is too big to be poured, so a cradle is provided to help ease the task. A task which becomes more taxing as the old man transforms into a gibbering mess who decided that 3 litres just wasn’t cutting it.

Orders can be made here

Buy out the bar and done. Simple’s, as the smug rodent Borat would say.

Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 20

December 21, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #20 – Zune HD

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As the only alternative to Apple’s white thing, the Zune has endured its fair share of jokes and scorn. Microsoft has taken four years of ridicule to forge this rather fetching Zune HD. As one of the only players ou there that can match the iPod Touch in specs, aesthetics and pricing. This makes the Zune a perfect gift for the three people in the world who do not own an iPod and do not wish to. Here are the specs:

Specifications

Initially released models include a 16GB capacity in black and a 32GB capacity in platinum. Other color and size combinations, including those beyond black and platinum, are available through Zune Originals. The specifications as listed by the official web page of the Zune HD, as well as reported by various sources are:

Screen material: glass covered OLED display
Screen size: 3.3 in
Screen resolution: 480 x 272 px, with 16:9 aspect ratio
Input: Multi-touch screen, built-in accelerometer
Operating system: Windows CE
Storage: 16 and 32 GB flash memory
CPU and GPU: Nvidia Tegra APX with one ARM11 and one ARM7 processor cores and 6 other cores for dedicated tasks such as graphics, audio, video, and HD video processors
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2 authentication modes and WEP 64-bit and 128-bit, TKIP, and AES encryption modes
Built-in rechargable 3.7 V 660 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery with up to 33 hours of audio playback (wireless off) and 8.5 hours of video
Size: 52.7×102.1×8.9 mm (2.07×4.08×0.35 in)
Weight: 74 grams (2.6 ounces)
A Wi-Fi version of the Zune Marketplace
HD radio tuner
Unicode Support
Equalizer
Web browser (based on Internet Explorer Mobile 6 for Windows CE)
Games
Audio output: Analog RCA and Optical Digital out (additional dock required)

Audio support:
CBR and VBR audio, up to 48 kHz sample rate
WMA Standard up to 384 kbps (DRM protected files can be played only if purchased from the Zune Marketplace)
WMA Pro stereo up to 768 kbps
WMA Lossless stereo up to 768 kbps
Unprotected AAC-LC (.mp4/.m4a/.m4b) up to 320 kbps
MP3 up to 320 kbps

Video support:
DVD resolution and frame rate, up to 10 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for:
H.264, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.1 + B-frames support
WMV Main and Simple Profile, Advanced profile up to Level 2.
720p HD resolution, up to 14 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for above supported video profiles
MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple Profile up to 4.0 Mbps bit rate
720p high definition video output – HDMI or Composite (additional dock required for both)

Purchases can be made here

Today we have Mr Sway Dasafo. Enjoy.

Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 19

December 20, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #19 – Key Fob Camera

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Still looking for that perfect gift for an aspiring spy? Me neither, but the Key Fob camera looks like a great little device to document those petty festive squabbles that start once Auntie’s Bailey’s dries up. Watch their faces drop as you play back footage on boxing day. There you have it, apparently mince pies did contain mince – now get the fuck out the house. See you next year!

Here’s the description.

Go undercover and record vital video evidence with this compact Key Fob Video Camera. Designed to look like a car remote control key fob this cunningly concealed camera can record high quality video and audio footage wherever and whenever you need it. The Camera has 2GB of internal memory so there is no need for fiddly memory cards, and is easily downloaded to your PC via USB.
This little camera blends in beautifully, just attach it to a set of keys and no one would ever be any the wiser as to your covert operation. The Key Fob Video Camera is powered by an internal battery that is charged via USB. Helpfully you can also set up a timestamp to appear on recorded footage so you know exactly when everything took place.

Features:

Video format: 640×480 AVI
Still image format: 1280×960 JPG
Recharges via USB
2GB internal memory
Records video and audio
Videos can be time stamped

You can pick one up here

Today we’ve got a bit jazzy. You may have seen this guys Inspector Gadget rendition a while back. Anyways, here’s a certain theme tune


Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 18

December 19, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #18 – Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt

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Quite simply, fresh. Although Ralph Lauren can’t stake a claim as the inventors of the polo shirt – that honour goes to Lacoste, if my sources inform me correctly – RL’s are possibly the most iconic. In a classic vibrant red, 100% cotton with a subtle logo on the breast, this polo is perfect for those wanting to rock a preppy look this season. Which you do, trust me.

Available now from asos.com.

And now, simply for the immortal line ‘Ralph Lauren was boring before I wore him’, is Rhymefest feat. Kanye West – ‘Brand New’

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 17

December 17, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #17 – Frankie Boyle Tickets.

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Ingesting Frankie Boyle’s comedy is for me, a guilty pleasure. His shocking and downright horrible humour satiates the beast within. You know, that itchy, grumpy little bastard that would love to slap people that walk slowly, berate teenagers that piss about on the train as if everyone is in on the joke and kill idiotic celebrities in fantastically ironic ways. No? Must just be me then. Nevertheless, listening to Boyle’s jokes and tirades are a cathartic experience in the same way S&M must be for Eton tutors or Formula 1 bosses.

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Having made Mock The Week what it is, Frankie is now focussing on his solo career. His DVD, Frankie Boyle Live was very well received and cemented his status as one of Britain’s most outspoken comedians. It was so successful that even writes for The Sun now for god’s sake! Although I can’t say I approve.

Next year, the Scottish comic will embark on a new nationwide tour. All the details you need can be found here. We’ve got ours already!

And now, with a music choice that would undoubtedly piss Frankie off, I present to you Frankie Boyle look-alikes The Proclaimers, performing their seminal hit, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles.

Kristian

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 16

December 16, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #16 – The Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception

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We all know someone with a (sometimes unhealthy) interest in the world of espionage. Well, for those people, who let’s face it, are notoriously difficult to buy for, get them the 1953 edition of the Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception.

Intelligence historian Melton and retired CIA officer Wallace (coauthors of Spycraft) reunite for this unremarkable reproduction of a long-lost cold war–era relic. In 1953, the fledgling CIA hired professional magician John Mulholland to adapt his techniques of stealth and misdirection to the craft of espionage. Mulholland produced two illustrated manuals featuring a range of tricks from placing pills into drinks to stealing documents and avoiding detection. The classified manuals were believed to have been destroyed in 1973, but the authors discovered a copy in 2007 among recently declassified CIA archives. The manuals are reproduced along with enhanced illustrations and an extended introduction by Melton and Wallace. Despite the authors’ best efforts to promote their discovery of Mulholland’s work as a rare piece of historical evidence of the CIA’s legacy of black arts, the manuals, with their earnest, how-to descriptions of surreptitiously spiking drinks, palming documents and signaling colleagues with a feather in a hat band seem more quaintly anachronistic than revealing or sinister.

© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Pretty cool, huh? Available from Amazon.

And to play us out, from the hilarious ‘I Spy’ starring Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson and Famke Janssen…

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 15

December 15, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #15 – Singing Star for a Day Experience

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For those with a desire to hit the big time, it’s obvious that we all have to start somewhere. Well, with this thoughtful and unique gift, you get to play Simon Cowell and give someone the chance to hit a recording studio for a full 6 hour session and record around 5 songs (although according to the website, they have actually managed 11!)

Obviously the musician-to-be will need to be well rehearsed and ready to hit the ground running, as it were, but hey – 6 hours with professional sound engineers in a full studio? AND you get to do your own CD artwork too?! Awesome. This would also be a good opportunity for producer friends as well – I’m sure they wouldn’t mind someone tagging along just to ask a few questions of the staff…? Although don’t quote me on that, I’m not being held responsible if it all kicks off…

Now to start hitting up those A&R’s!

Available from buyagift.co.uk.

Now let me think…. what song would go well with this particular gift? Ahh, I know.

This wasn’t actually the first song I wanted to put up – but unfortunately thanks to draconian copyright laws I wasn’t able to use it. Thankfully, this one’s still a banger.

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 14

December 14, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #14 – Freeloader Pro

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Technology as we all know is becoming more and more advanced and subsequently, more taxing on the battery life. There’s nothing worse (okay, famine) than having that classic tune fade into obscurity just before the drop – leaving you bouncing around aimlessly like a deaf chimp. Well never again! Grab the Freeloader Pro, attach the relevant adapter and look for the sun.

Here is a little overview:

Freeloader Pro is the ultimate solar charger capable of powering virtually every electrical device, anywhere in the world, whether on a beach, a mountain, jungle or the Polar ice cap.

Freeloader Pro uses its high power solar panels or USB (cable supplied) to quickly charge its internal battery (7 – 9 hours in sunny conditions). Once fully charged Freeloader Pro is capable of delivering enough power to give a mobile phone 70 hours of standby time, 5000 page turns on an eBook or a 100% full charge for a digital camera battery.

Also by switching its Multi voltage switch to “9.5v” Freeloader Pro is capable of charging power hungry, high voltage devices such as MP4 players, portable DVD players and SLR camera batteries.
The metallic push button “Power Halo” indicates how much power is in Freeloader Pro’s battery.

Made in tough aluminium and finished in a stylish “piano” black, Freeloader Pro is the perfect companion for adventure travellers, journalists, explorers, expeditions, the armed forces and anyone who demands the best!

For those intrigued; you can pick it up right here.

And for your viewing pleasure today, Missy, Nicole Wray and Mc Solaar. Remember this one? Zig Zag Zig Zag….

Dré